Jake Cross completed his BSc in Biological Sciences and MSc in Molecular Medicine at the University of East Anglia. It was during the final year of his undergraduate degree he developed a passion for cellular signalling following a final year module on the subject. After his MSc degree, he spent just under two years working as a Biomedical Scientist in a clinical NHS lab specialising in Blood Sciences.
However, his passion for cellular signalling and research never went away, and he returned to this field in October 2021, starting his PhD at the institute working with Oliver Florey and Simon Cook. Jake is investigating the link between a specific set of kinases, called DYRKS, and lysosome signalling/localisation. More broadly, he is looking at the interplay between DYRKs, autophagy, and the Hippo signalling pathway.
Outside of the lab Jake enjoys watching his beloved Ipswich Town FC play, representing Queens' College at Football, and exploring the world with his partner Harriet. He also enjoys telling anybody who will listen that his hometown, Lowestoft in Suffolk, is the most easterly town in the UK, has the UKs tallest wind turbine, and that you can smell fishfingers from the nearby Birds Eye factory from his family home window where he lived with Mum - Nicole, Dad - Jason, and his twin brother, Alexander